David Wells back in the groove

BRAINERD, Minn - Defending Division 5 Federal Mogul Dragster Champion David Wells regained his championship form with a win during this weekend's Division 5 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series race at The Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway...

BRAINERD, Minn - Defending Division 5 Federal Mogul Dragster Champion David Wells regained his championship form with a win during this weekend's Division 5 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series race at The Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minnesota. Wells came out of the No. 4 qualifying spot to defeat No. 3 qualifier Mark Kinser in the final, when Kinser gave it away at the starting line with a foul start. Wells went on to run a 5.642/251.02 to take the win, and move into second place in Division 5 standings.

Wells defeated Ziggy Zivkovich and Division 5 points leader Billy Bybee, respectively, on his way to the finals.

Wells said, "We have been struggling at the last few races trying to chase down how to fix our tireshake problems. We have been trying different tire brands, gear ratios and a few other things. We got out there Friday for the first session, and calmed it way down and still blew the tires off with the Goodyears. The next morning we put the Hoosiers back on there, and went right down the track. From then on, it was just a matter of tuning to the track and conditions with some help from Tom Conway."

"It was shaking really hard in the finals against Kinser," Wells added. "I finally saw that my win light was on from where he had red-lighted, so I went ahead and short shifted high gear, and that's why it only ran a 5.64"

The next stop for the Blue Bunny Ice Cream/ "Plain Vanilla" team will be at the Division 5 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series race at Bandimere Speedway in Denver, Colorado, where he will try to close the gap between him and points leader Bybee.

"It's always tough to go to Denver with the altitude and all, but its better coming off of a win," Wells said.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mark Kinser , David Wells